Five Cars That Lose Value Fast Page 3

August 9, 2010
2010 Kia Rio

2010 Kia Rio

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Kia Rio

The aging Rio, our review notes, has "had essentially the same interior and exterior design since the 2006 model year."  Kia won't get around to a meaningful update until the 2012 model year, under the company's current plans, so that's unlikely to improve anytime soon.  Those shopping in the sub-$12,000 range have limited options, but before putting down money on a Rio, you might want to look at the Nissan Versa.  It holds its value better, and offers a spacious interior and surprisingly comfortable seating on a tight budget.

Angular Rear Exterior View - 2007 Kia Rondo 4-door V6 Auto EX

Angular Rear Exterior View - 2007 Kia Rondo 4-door V6 Auto EX

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Kia Rondo

The unusual Rondo offers a lot of space in a small footprint, and for a bargain price -- but not much else.  There is, however, a better choice winner in the Rondo's unusual proto-minivan category -- the spacious, fun-to-drive Mazda5.  It nearly matches the Rondo's price, and outclasses it in every way, including resale value.

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